Making Wakefield businesses COVID-secure

Business across the district will receive first hand advice on how to create a COVID-19 secure workplace and effectively manage outbreaks in a webinar next month.

The event, organised by Wakefield Council in partnership with Wakefield First, from 10am to 11am on Tuesday 6 July will demonstrate the challenges faced by local businesses during the last 14 months.

Speakers include:

  • Tony Baugh – Divisional Health & Safety Manager, Next Distribution: How the company paused normal operations and converted government guidance and advice into effective safety controls.
  • Richard Durr – Operations Manager, OE Electrics: The challenges the pandemic has caused staff over the past 12 months and the stringent measures the company has taken to ensure a COVID-secure workplace for all colleagues. 
Darren Byford smiling
Cllr Darren Byford
  • Anna Carson – Senior Environmental Health Officer, Wakefield Council: Anna will discuss the ways to better manage cases or outbreaks in businesses, as well as highlighting the common issues found when visiting sites with active outbreaks.

Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “We know that local businesses have faced many uncertainties as a result of the pandemic during the last 14 months. Through Council services and our business support arm, Wakefield First, we want to ensure our local businesses are fully-supported and confident when it comes to reopening their doors while maintaining a COVID-secure environment for both employees and customers.

“No matter your business size, whether it be an SME or a multinational corporation, this event will support you in providing a safe and compliant environment. We will also share best practices and top tips for you to take away and implement into your business operations.”

This event, run by Wakefield Council in partnership with Wakefield First, complements a wider series of business support webinars being delivered by the Wakefield Recovery Board.

To book your free place at the event visit